The signs of speech and language delay in young internationally adopted children
This article was inspired by a telephone consultation with a prospective parent concerned about a 3 year old child from South America, who she was considering for adoption. A pediatrician evaluated the child and gave him a “clean bill of health” but was doubtful about his speech: the child was not talking at all and instead pointed at things as a means of expressing himself. The child had a hearing test which came back fine.
Boris Gindis, Ph.D.
What should adoptive parents know about their children’s language-based school difficulties? Part 4.
In the series of articles Dr. Gindis explains what happens with the language of adoptees from foreign countries when they arrive to the US and begin their life in American families. Dr. Gindis explains why language metamorphosis in internationally adopted children are often the reason for so many school issues, specific to these children only and what parents need to know to help their children to overcome these problems. This is part 4 of the series.
What is baby sign language?
There's good news for parents and babies and its welcome news indeed. It's called baby sign language. The lack of a means for communication between a parent and a baby has always been frustrating for both parties. A parent hears their child crying and is helpless to understand what the baby wants. They do the standard checks, like feeling the diaper for wetness or putting their hand on the baby's head to check for fever.
Substituting Words In Baby Sign Language
Many parents have their own words that they prefer to use with their baby in certain situations such as meal times, breastfeeding, bedtime etc.
Will using sign language with babies delay speech?
Baby Sign Language is a growing phenomenon around Australia after the inception of using sign language with babies began in America.